Did you ever stop to wonder how many mistakes a designer makes before pulling together a project that is ready to share in the form of a pattern? The answer is LOTS.
This photo is of the generous size table runner that I planned to make for my kitchen island. I make lots of runners, but they are on the skimpy side for an island that can handle a 5 burner cook top and still have room for 4 extra large pizza boxes. We hosted a ton of parties when our youngest was in high school and that island has seen a mountain of pizza. Now that the kids are out of the house I decided that a generous size runner that could double as placemats for the 2 chairs that sit at that island was in order.
Probably not a good idea.
The table runner pieces are stitched into blocks, then those blocks are cut into strips and re-assembled. The re-assembly process flips the block around. I had to remember to swap the colors on each side so that they reversed themselves into the proper position and would be where I wanted them in the final assembly. Confusing? You bet'cha! It could have been the riveting finale to Design Star that I was watching on my laptop that had me distracted, but whoa-baby were there mistakes!
I did manage to "fix" the disjointed issue that I normally see in this Magic Lantern block and create a table runner that is sized to make a statement. Once I didn't have to flip, reverse, rotate and stand on my head to get the fabrics in the right place it was a lot of fun too!